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News posted on Thursday, 9 November 2017

Funding boost for Eyre Peninsula vineyard
Facilities to attract and keep visitors in the lower Eyre Peninsula in SA will be built at the Glen-Forest Tourist Park and Vineyard with the support of a $193,750 Regional Development Fund grant. The family-operated tourist park will expand and improve their current facilities, adding a new reception, kiosk and shop, along with a cellar door. Source, Winetitles

Queenstown vintners' dispute finally resolved
A four-year court dispute between high profile veterans of Central Otago's wine industry has ended after a ruling from the Court of Appeal over the value of a payout by one shareholder to another. Greg Hay, who won the argument said he was relieved it was over and had moved onto another wine venture. Source, Stuff

Oregon winemaker dies suddenly
Patricia "Patty" Green 62, died Nov. 6 in an apparent accident inside her rural cabin retreat near Roseburg, Oregon. "The apparent cause was a fall," Jim Anderson, her business and winemaking partner, told Wine Spectator. "Unfortunately, even I have very little information." Source, Wine Spectator.

A drop for Walking Dead fans
Television network AMC has launched 'The Walking Dead' wines in partnership with Lot18 in what now appears an established path in the world of brand extensions. While customised wine is not new, some research groups have pin-pointed it as a rising trend. Source, Decanter.

San Miguel buys Australian company Best Bottlers
Philippines-based San Miguel Corporation is boosting its presence in the Australian bottling and packaging industry, after it bought another firm, Best Bottlers Pty Ltd, at an undisclosed cost. Earlier this year, the conglomerate acquired Barossa Bottling and Portavin. Best Bottlers is SMC's 5th acquisition in the Australasian region serving the wine industry. Source, Rappler

Cheers to Nebbiolo
“Longview has one of the longest running Nebbiolo vineyards in the country and they’re trying to champion the fruit as well. It just seems to make sense that the fruit grown in the Adelaide Hills region does reflect partly what Piedmont is all about too, but, of course, the Australian producers are going to make their own style.” Source, The Adelaide Review.

Truck full of bottles rolls in Birdwood
A truck driver is in hospital after rolling his vehicle loaded with glass bottles in the Adelaide Hills. The accident occurred at Birdwood just before 1pm Nov 8 as the truck drove along Warren Rd. The truck was filled with empty wine bottles that were on their way to be filled. Source, The Advertiser.

Lion and Taylor's form Deliveroo partnership
Lion and Taylors have partnered with on-demand food delivery app, Deliveroo, for the launch of Bottle Butler in Melbourne. The new Deliveroo function will streamline the ordering process for multiple alcohol purchases, bringing them together under one new tile marked as ‘Bottle Butler. Source, The Shout.

Cold snap means early BC icewine harvest
The earliest BC icewine harvest on record should also be one of the swiftest, with most of the grapes expected to come off in just two nights. Successive nights of temperatures below -8ºC, months earlier than in some years, have provided ideal conditions in the Central Okanagan for picking grapes reserved for icewine production. Source, Vancourver Sun

South Island winegrowers bracing for frost
Blizzard-like conditions have swept in sending temperatures plummeting as locals woke up to wintry scenes on the South Island. Winemakers are now holding their breath, with their young crops especially vulnerable to coming frosts. Source, TVNZ

Japanese wineries grow to meet domestic demand
Mercian Corp, which owns Château Mercian in Koshu, has announced it is building two new wineries in Nagano prefecture, with one in Shiojiri and another in Ueda. The former is expected to open in September next year, while the latter is planned for autumn in 2019. Source, The Drinks Business





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